You’ve got this in the Bag

By: Courtney Parker

 

At any given moment, we ladies need a multitude of items to successfully make it through our long days at the office. From our smart phones and tablets, to our car keys and lipstick, we need a bag that can carry it all and act as the perfect finishing touch to every outfit. While there is a seemingly endless selection of amazing handbags available to us, they are not all appropriate choices to take to the office. For instance, that beaded clutch is perfect on a night out, but it would be impossible to fit all the files you need for your morning meeting. When it comes to making the right choice, there are a few aspects you will want to consider.

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Your work bag is the ultimate accessory for keeping you organized at the office. Go for a bag that offers plenty of pockets. Let’s face it, no one has ever made digging around their purse for five minutes looking for a pen, in the middle of a meeting look professional. Having a bag with ample pocket space will make it easier for you to keep all of your gadgets and trinkets organized, so you can always find whatever you need. Be sure to choose the right sized bag to mesh with the needs of your work day. If your bag is too small for all of the stuff you need on a day to day basis, you will constantly be picking up things that fall on the floor out of your overflowing bag.

However, the most important thing you will want to look for when choosing your work bag is the overall quality. Skip the oh-so-tempting and easy online shopping experience for this purchase, because getting to see the bag in person is the only way to inspect the quality of the material and construction before you buy it.

Choosing a high-quality bag is important, because you want a bag that will stand the test of time and not fall apart at the seams before your morning meeting. You’ll want to opt for a bag made out of a sturdy material like leather or canvas, as you’ll be using it on a daily basis and you don’t want it to look worn in too quickly. If a genuine leather bag isn’t within your budget–or you’re simply against animal products, there are a lot of great quality fake leather options available to you. Consider purchasing a stain/water protectant to prolong the life of your bag.

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Avoid trendier bag options (i.e. beading and fringe) and stick with classic bag structures, so you end up with a bag you can carry with you season after season. You can opt for one that comes in your favorite color or pick a pattern that incorporates a few of them together. Your bag is one of the only components of your work ensemble where you can express a little of your personality without the worry of violating your office’s dress code.

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